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This is not the place, looking backward, to dwell at length on the great incidents of the year already alluded to—the anti-slavery uprising and secession at Lane 1 Seminary, under the leadership of Theodore D. Weld, against the suppression of free debate by the Trustees, with Dr. Lyman Beecher's assent: a revolt in which the names of James A. Thome, of Kentucky, Marius R. Robinson, of Tennessee, and Henry B. Stanton were also prominent; and the formal abandonment of the Colonization Society2 by an ex-slaveholder, J. G. Birney,3 on grounds apparently worked out independently of the “Thoughts,” and therefore all the more confirmatory of that arraignment (with which, however, he was pretty certainly acquainted). Gerrit Smith, too, was getting ready to break off from the same connection, and exhibiting in the process his 4 characteristic singleness of moral purpose and cloudiness of logic. We remark, further, the first appearance in the anti-slavery ranks of Nathaniel Peabody Rogers, of Plymouth, N. H., already seeming a warm personal friend of5 Mr. Garrison, and vouched for by the latter as ‘an able lawyer and an enlightened Christian’;6 of Rogers's neighbor, John Farmer, the antiquarian; of Farmer's7 constant correspondent in Boston, Francis Jackson;8 of the Rev. George B. Cheever, and others.

1 May's Recollections, p. 102; Life of Arthur Tappan, Chap. 13.

2 May's Recollections, p. 203; Mass. Abolitionist, 2.133.

3 ‘The emancipated and emancipator’ (Ms. May 11, 1835, W. L. G. to his wife).

4 Lib. 4.206, 207.

5 Lib. 4.38.

6 Rogers was corresponding secretary of the local anti-slavery society, and, together with D. L. Child and S. E. Sewall, one of the trustees of the Noyes Academy at Canaan. N. H., which was opened in the fall of 1834 to colored youth on equal terms with white (Lib. 4.38, 169).

7 Lib. 4.175.

8 Francis Jackson was born in Newton, Mass., in 1789, and became the historian of that town. His father, Timothy Jackson, was a minute-man who joined in the pursuit of the retreating British on April 19. 1775. He himself was a soldier at Fort Warren in Boston harbor in the War of 1812. He early took an active part in the municipal affairs of Boston, and directed some of its chief territorial improvements, but did not seek office. He was a very tower of strong will, solid judgment, shrewd forecast, sturdy common sense; sparing of words, yet a master of terse, homely English; simple and frugal in his habits, but charitable and hospitable in an unusual degree. He was one of John Pierpont's parishioners, at Hollis-Street Church, vigorously taking his part in the bitter conflict with the rum-selling and pro-slavery element of the congregation. Afterwards he rendered similar services to Theodore Parker.

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